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Log Analytics with Dedicated SQL Pools (Formerly SQL DW)

There are a lot of services in Azure. Way more than a few. What is something you want to do with all your services and applications? You want to monitor them. How do you do that? By looking at the logs that are produced. How do you capture and make sense of thousands of log entries from hundreds of services for this really awesome solution you’ve been working on? Azure Monitor. This post isn’t...

How to Resolve Remove-AzKeyVaultKey : Operation returned an invalid status code ‘Forbidden’ Error

I’ve come across another error message in my seemingly never-ending battle with Azure Key Vault. A while back I couldn’t delete a resource group because of Key Vault soft-delete. Then I couldn’t recreate a Key Vault with the same name again because of soft-delete. Which brings us to today’s post where I had to go to PowerShell and purge a key that but ran into an issue...

Bring Your Own Key to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance TDE

Last year Azure SQL Database Managed Instance saw the introduction of bring your own key (BYOK) functionality for transparent data encryption (TDE). This functionality has been in the singleton database version of Azure SQL Database for a while longer and you can read about how to use that here. The experience between the two is very similar, but let’s focus on the Managed Instance side of...

Building an Azure Sandbox – Part 1 – The Basics

I recently posted that I was doing my annual Azure sandbox rebuild but this time I wanted to do things a little differently…all in PowerShell. Unlike previous years when I would remove most of the resources, this year I removed all of the resources. As in I log into the Azure Portal and it says no resources to display. No databases, no networks, not even an empty resource group. As I work...

Using Visual Studio Code

I’m a creature of habit. I have my routine when I get to my hotel room on business trips. I have a way I like my email and notes organized. I don’t want fruits or veggies on my pizza. And I like tools that I’ve always used. Don’t mess with my tools. I know my shortcut keys in SQL Server Management Studio. I work well in the PowerShell ISE. I know my way around Visual...

Building an Azure Sandbox

It’s that time of the year again. No, not fall, although I do love the weather change that’s around the corner. It’s time for me to rebuild my Azure environment! Each year I try to wipe out as much of my Azure environment and rebuild it as I possibly can. I like to keep up on product updates that I may have missed, try out new services that I haven’t gotten around to just...

Working with SQL Server Data Files

Most people connect to a database, create tables, run update statements, tune queries, add indexes, and never once think about the underlying data and log files that support all these operations. Database administrators know the importance of managing those files. There are a lot of questions and things to consider. How many data files do I need?How many log files do I need?How should I configure...

Remote Desktop to Azure AD Joined Computer

I’m frequently on the move and switch between devices. I could be working at home one day, at a hotel working, on site at a customer office with no internet, on a plane. I just never know. Part of my workflow is running some of my daily activities on an Azure VM. I can get to it from pretty much anywhere and it doesn’t matter what device I do or don’t have access to, I can...

Public and Demo Data Coming Soon!

Any database professional that has been around the Microsoft world for more than about 3 minutes will be familiar with the old, faithful sample dataset created and published by Microsoft: Adventure Works. The Adventure Works databases follow the sales of a (fictional) multinational conglomerate looking to take over the work one bicycle sale at a time! The samples included a couple of databases...

Collecting Server Performance Metrics: PowerShell

In a recent post I wrote about collecting server performance metrics using Performance Monitor, a free utility built into Windows. With a little work up front, we are able to collect metrics for minutes, hours, or even days to gain insights into how our servers are being used. I often use this to evaluate SQL Servers that my customers are migrating to Azure. It helps me figure out if their...

Bradley Schacht

Bradley Schacht is a Principal Program Manager on the Microsoft Fabric product team based in Jacksonville, FL. Bradley is a former consultant, trainer, and has authored 5 SQL Server and Power BI books, most recently the Microsoft Power BI Quick Start Guide. As a member of the Microsoft Fabric product team, Bradley works directly with customers to solve some of their most complex data problems and helps shape the future of Microsoft Fabric. He frequently presents at community events around the country, is a contributor to sites such as SQLServerCentral.com, and is a member of the Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG).

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